updated 05:40 pm EST, Fri January 6, 2006
iPod video recorder debuts
iPod users everywhere will soon be able to record television content and easily play it back on their TV. Advanced Technology Office (ATO) today introduced the first--and only--, the iSee 360i. Users can store their favorite shows and movies directly from TV, cable, satellite, DVR, or any other analog source on their iPod, and play that content back on any TV with an "analog in" connection at standard 640 X 480 TV resolution. Users can view previously-recorded video on the integrated high-quality 3.6-inch LCD screen, or on their TV: "With the iSee video recorder millions of iPod owners can add the power of video to their unit without having to purchase a new one," John C. Scott, ATO co-founder and former Apple executive said. "The iSee video recording capability also dramatically expands the universe of content playable on the iPod." [updated]
The iSee 360i is compatible with 30GB video iPods, but not 60GB models. The device works with most fourth-generation iPods, including the 20GB clickwheel model, the 20GB U2 edition, and the iPod mini with a required adapter. iSee 360i also works with both the 2GB and 4GB iPod nano, with a required adapter.
The iSee measures 6 x 3.2 x 1.1-inches and weighs in at six ounces. The gadget features a lightweight, portable design that when connected to an iPod provides the look and feel of a single, integrated unit. The iPod slides into place inside the back of the iSee video device, providing the user with a 91 percent larger viewing area than the video iPod without dramatically increasing the overall size.
iSee 360i features the COACH7 Zoran (ZRAN) chipset adapted for video applications, and is powered by a rechargeable replaceable 2200mAh battery that extends the life of the host iPod to four hours, nearly double the battery life of the iPod video.